Psalms 97
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1  Hashem reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad.

א  יְהוָה מָלָךְ תָּגֵל הָאָרֶץ יִשְׂמְחוּ אִיִּים רַבִּים.

2  Clouds and darkness are round about Him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.

ב  עָנָן וַעֲרָפֶל סְבִיבָיו צֶדֶק וּמִשְׁפָּט מְכוֹן כִּסְאוֹ.

3  A fire goeth before Him, and burneth up His adversaries round about.

ג  אֵשׁ לְפָנָיו תֵּלֵךְ וּתְלַהֵט סָבִיב צָרָיו.

4  His lightnings lighted up the world; the earth saw, and trembled.

ד  הֵאִירוּ בְרָקָיו תֵּבֵל רָאֲתָה וַתָּחֵל הָאָרֶץ.

5  The mountains melted like wax at the presence of Hashem, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

ha-REEM ka-do-NAG na-MA-su mi-lif-NAY a-do-NAI mi-lif-NAY a-DON kol ha-A-retz

ה  הָרִים כַּדּוֹנַג נָמַסּוּ מִלִּפְנֵי יְהוָה מִלִּפְנֵי אֲדוֹן כָּל הָאָרֶץ.

97:5   The mountains melted

In this psalm, the earth sings praise and rejoices over God’s dominion. The awe-inspired elements defy the laws of nature in proclaiming God throughout the land. Mysterious clouds surround God, blazing fire precedes Him, lightning pounds the earth before Him. As for mountains melting before God, the psalmist might indeed have experienced this remarkable event. Due to the geological phenomenon of the creation of the Syria-African rift, the Golan Heights emerged with volcanic mountains at its perch. The explosions of these mountains was of almost Godly proportions, as hot molten lava was spewed miles away, and found on the landscape all the way down the Jordan valley.

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6  The heavens declared His righteousness, and all the peoples saw His glory.

ו  הִגִּידוּ הַשָּׁמַיִם צִדְקוֹ וְרָאוּ כָל הָעַמִּים כְּבוֹדוֹ.

7  Ashamed be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of things of nought; bow down to Him, all ye gods.

ז  יֵבֹשׁוּ כָּל עֹבְדֵי פֶסֶל הַמִּתְהַלְלִים בָּאֱלִילִים הִשְׁתַּחֲווּ לוֹ כָּל אֱלֹהִים.

8  Tzion heard and was glad, and the daughters of Yehuda rejoiced; because of Thy judgments, O Hashem.

ח  שָׁמְעָה וַתִּשְׂמַח צִיּוֹן וַתָּגֵלְנָה בְּנוֹת יְהוּדָה לְמַעַן מִשְׁפָּטֶיךָ יְהוָה.

9  For Thou, Hashem, art most high above all the earth; Thou art exalted far above all gods.

ט  כִּי אַתָּה יְהוָה עֶלְיוֹן עַל כָּל הָאָרֶץ מְאֹד נַעֲלֵיתָ עַל כָּל אֱלֹהִים.

10  O ye that love Hashem, hate evil; He preserveth the souls of His saints; He delivered them out of the hand of the wicked.

י  אֹהֲבֵי יְהוָה שִׂנְאוּ רָע שֹׁמֵר נַפְשׁוֹת חֲסִידָיו מִיַּד רְשָׁעִים יַצִּילֵם.

11  Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.

יא  אוֹר זָרֻעַ לַצַּדִּיק וּלְיִשְׁרֵי לֵב שִׂמְחָה.

12  Be glad in Hashem, ye righteous; and give thanks to His holy name.

יב  שִׂמְחוּ צַדִּיקִים בַּיהוָה וְהוֹדוּ לְזֵכֶר קָדְשׁוֹ.

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Psalms 97